Spurs should be wanting to Luka elsewhere

Posted: July 8, 2011 in Football Blogs, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur

There are a few false pretences over at White Hart Lane, the first one being that Harry Redknapp is the right man for England, the second that Gareth Bale is worth £80 million and the final one is that the Lilywhites’ diminutive Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is irreplaceable and an integral part to Daniel Levy’s grand plan.

Manchester United and Chelsea are the two clubs that have been strongly linked with the former Dinamo Zagreb man, so surely I’m just another ignorant journalist getting it totally wrong if Sir Alex Ferguson and Roman Abramovich see something special in Modric?

I hate football statistics, I really couldn’t care that Dirk Kuyt ran 50 miles in 90 minutes or that England haven’t ever beaten Guadelope when Dave Nugent has been playing. However, the fact that Modric, an attacking midfielder, contributed only four goals and three assists last season paints a very different picture from the one being constructed in the press.

Maybe I’m being too harsh, I mean I know Modric brings way more than misleading stats suggest, but does he bring more than Leon Osman does to Everton? Osman has been an unsung hero for a couple of seasons on Merseyside and despite not perhaps having that natural flare that the Croat has in his game, the Englishman has the ‘Modric Role’ for Moyes’ team and contributes more statistically than the Spurs midfielder does.

If Modric were to go, ‘Arry really doesn’t have to worry too much with regards to bringing in a replacement; I know Redknapp would need to bring in someone in the heart of the midfield, but my point is that the Lilywhites’ manager wouldn’t need to buy a world class centre midfielder to replace Modric. In my opinion, Sandro has the ability to be the complete midfielder, the man to step up and dictate Tottenham’s play and pull the strings, so a signing such as Lassana Diarra could prove a step in the right direction, especially considering the balance of the team with the very much attacking minded players in Bale, Lennon and Van Der Vaart.

Is Luka Modric a great player? Yes. Is he replaceable? Of course.

  1. brownlow says:

    I think you have it spot on. However, is it right that we have never beaten Guadelope when David Nugent has played for England!

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